WOODSTOCK, NY – A truck driver was seriously injured when a box truck overturned on State Highway 212 on Saturday.
The Woodstock Fire Department said firefighters were called to the section of Route 212 between Harmati Lane and Garrison Road at 7:38 p.m. and found the box truck overturned with the driver trapped inside. Firefighters said another vehicle was also involved in the crash.
Firefighters said they began removing the unidentified driver from the truck while department paramedics began advanced resuscitation procedures.
Firefighters said it took rescuers an hour and 20 minutes to extricate the driver from the truck and noted that the operation was very difficult due to the size of the large utility vehicle, being to the side and close to several large trees.
A large tow truck from Steyer’s Automotive in Saugerties and an additional rescue truck from the Phenicia Fire Department had to be called in to help with the rescue operation, firefighters said.
A medical evacuation helicopter was called to the scene and the patient was transported to a landing zone by the Woodstock Fire Department ambulance to be airlifted to a hospital, firefighters said.
Two occupants of the other vehicle were assessed by Shandaken Ambulance and refused to be transported to a hospital, according to Woodstock Fire Department Deputy Chief Patrick Rose.
Firefighters said they remained at the scene until 10 p.m.
Firefighters were assisted by the Woodstock Police Department and State Police.